Shirley Curry, 83, Vandalia

Shirley Curry, 83, of Vandalia, died at 6:40 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at Vandalia Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Vandalia.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Hohlt & File Funeral Home in Vandalia, with the Rev. Pete LeDuc officiating. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials: Crown Point Community Church of rural Vandalia. Online condolences may be shared at

Mrs. Curry was born on Nov. 20, 1928, in Vera, the daughter of Cecil and Ellen Blaylock Sperry. She married James L. Curry on April 26, 1947, in Vandalia; he died on Feb. 5, 1983.

She worked at Johnson, Stephens & Shinkle Shoe Factory in Vandalia, and was a member of Crown Point Community Church and Crawford-Hale American Legion Unit 95 Auxiliary.

She is survived by daughters, Marcia and her husband Verlin Haslett of Fleming Island, Fla., and Deborah Merrill of Brownstown; sons, Tom Curry and his wife JoAnn of Vandalia, and John Curry of Covington, Tenn.; brothers, Roger Sperry and his wife Margie of St. Elmo, and Gary Sperry and his wife Judy of Manito; sister, Aileen Tinker and her friend Joe of Vandalia; sister-in-law, Ann Sperry of Peoria; grandchildren, Mike Merrill, J.R. Haslett and his wife Betsy, Shanna Haslett and friend Kenny, Teresa and her husband Greg Dow, Heather and her husband Matt Grewe, MariVic and her husband Christian Moore, John Paul Curry and his wife Dana, and John Luther Curry; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a brother, Maurice Sperry.

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